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Vikram Seth’s novel, A Suitable Boy is to be adapted for the BBC by screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace). Each episode in the eight-part series will be one hour long.

Vikram Seth's novel is at its core a love story, the tale of Lata - and her mother's attempts to find her a suitable husband, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal.

Set in post-Independence India and involving the lives of four large families and those who orbit them, it is also a vast panoramic exploration of a whole continent at a crucial hour as a sixth of the world's population faces its first great General Election and the chance to map its own destiny.

Vikram Seth said: "It is a great pleasure to collaborate with the BBC and Andrew Davies on an adaptation of A Suitable Boy. I have carried with me for a long time the stories of Lata, her family and the many people they encounter. With Andrew and his team I feel they are in good hands, and I greatly look forward to seeing them brought to life for television."

Davies said Lata was "a great literary heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen and George Eliot". He continued: "But behind her stands a massive supporting cast of striking, funny, irrepressible characters and a vision of India in the 1950s that no reader can ever forget. It will make a wonderful series and I can't wait to bring the magic of the book to life on screen."

The series will be filmed on location in India. You can buy the book here.

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